20 years of Gozo Tourism Association marked by tree planting ceremony
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The Gozo Tourism Association, this year celebrates the 20th Anniversary since its inception, which took place during a General Meeting held on the 11th of February 1999 for all Gozitan tourism stakeholders and operators.
The GTA said that during this meeting, the members present approved the statute of the Association, and thus a new chapter was initiated in the tourism history of the Island of Gozo.
The Gozo Tourism Association added that, guided by the prime objective of promoting Gozo as an all year-round distinct tourist destination – it has recorded “significant achievements” during these twenty years in “elevating the regional tourism concerns and aspiration for the attention of the competent authorities.”“The tourist industry on Gozo, through the endeavours of the Gozo Tourism Association, has achieved a regional voice, created synergy between the private sector and Government and established a missing link both for the benefit of the tourism on Gozo, as well as for the benefit of the Gozitan tourism stakeholders,” the GTA said.
Today, to mark this significant date, the Gozo Tourism Association organised a tree planting ceremony at the Villa Rundle Gardens, carried out by the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana, in the presence of GTA Chairman, council members and officials.This was followed by a press conference at the Cittadella Cultural Centre, in Victoria which was addressed by the Minister for Gozo, the GTA chairman Mr. Paul Scicluna and council members.
During his address the GTA Chairman gave an overview of the achievements and initiatives that the Association managed to garner along these twenty years.He stated that these endeavours were always targeted towards benefiting the whole touristic sector on Gozo.
The Minister for Gozo praised the commitment of the Association over the past 20 years, which she said, has been active not only by strengthening the tourism sector in Gozo, but has also worked closely with the Ministry for Gozo and the Government in drawing up new proposals and initiatives for this sector.Dr Caruana also reiterated the commitment of the Ministry to attract more visitors to Gozo, not just through investment in infrastructure around the island, but by also organising a programme of activities which take place throughout the year.
“Almost 6 million passengers crossed the Channel to Gozo in the last year,” the Minister said. “This shows that the island is attracting more visitors and that seasonality is no longer a challenge mentioned by Gozitan tourism operators.”
The present council members of the Gozo Tourism Association also spoke at the event and each one expressed the positive and fruitful contribution the Association was delivering since its setting up.
Photographs: MGOZ/George Scerri